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Are South African moms ready for "Latté Dads"?

Elizabeth Okes defines what a latté dad looks and sounds like... while checking in with a few South African moms on their thoughts on paternal leave.


"Stop expecting me to be a role model for your kids!" Celebs push back

All the glitz and glam, millions in the bank and controversial headlines make us forget that behind it all, celebrities are human beings. We don't even know these people, yet we get all up in arms if they break the "role model" mould for our children. Here's why that mentality needs to change.


"I lost my wife 4 months after she gave birth – this is how I healed"

Thulo Mahase lost his wife and childhood sweetheart just four months after she gave birth to their third child together – and he sunk into a deep depression soon after the tragedy.


WATCH: A year after the Grenfell Tower fire, here's how students are dealing with their loss

Homes were destroyed, over 70 lives were lost, and of which two were students at Oxford Gardens Primary School, located less than a kilometre away from where the Grenfell Tower fire – the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since 1988 – happened.

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WATCH: This granny's infectious belly aching laughter just boosted book sales for Kiwi author

Not laughing while watching this viral video is impossible. Here's a great start to your week... you're welcome!


Why I want to be friends with my children

For many, being friends with your child is a call for concern. Yes, it may not be the easiest thing to work around at times but I certainly feel it's doable, and so rewarding! Here's why I would be friends with my children. What are your thoughts?

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Unmarried parent? Know your rights

It’s important to know where you stand with South Africa’s Children’s Act, especially if you’re not married. Both parents have certain rights and obligations, and familiarising yourself with the basics could save you a great deal of trouble.


Tummy time, weaning and sleep: Meg Faure answers 5 questions parents always wonder about

Occupational therapist and author Meg Faure will be speaking at The Baby Show & #MeetUP, running from 28 to 30 September in Gauteng. In fact, Meg founded the premium TedEx-style seminar series #MeetUp, so in partnership she's co-headlining The Baby Show. We were lucky enough to catch her before then though to ask what the top 5 questions are she gets asked most often.


WATCH: Boy with rare condition starts first day of primary school

Xander Pickering has a rare condition, which, for a very long time, meant he was unable to attend school. But he'll be attending "big school" this year for the first time, and he couldn't be more excited.

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WATCH: The simple reason Chrissy Teigen says she and John Legend won’t be “doing it randomly in a dressing room” any time soon

“We still have that passion for each other, but are we doing it randomly in a dressing room? No!”


7 reasons why the US Open incident is important for parents and their kids

Our heroes are human. Serena Williams losing in the 2018 US Open final was hard to watch, but it could be the perfect teaching opportunity for children.

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QUIZ: Which TV mom are you?

They often say life imitates art, which is probably the reason you can watch a TV show and find some of the characters so darn relatable at times, especially the moms in the shows. You might find yourself completely agreeing with their parenting choices or they may make you reevaluate some of your own. Take this fun quiz to see which TV mom you're most like!


The weaning of life: 5 baby and child nutrition FAQs answered by Katherine Megaw

Unsure as to when you should start weaning your baby? Want to know what to pack in your child's lunchbox? Specialist dietitian and co-author of Weaning Sense, Katherine Megaw, is here to help! She'll be speaking at this year's Baby Show and #MeetUp at Kyalami on 29 September.


WATCH: Chrissy Teigen admits that after Luna was born she was "drinking too much"

Chrissy Teigen shares how she went from struggling to cope after Luna was born, and drinking excessively as a result, to realising it’s much more important to take care of yourself and your mental health.


"I’m not a boy!" Raising a transgender child

If your child’s assigned gender is causing nothing but distress, could he or she be transgender, asks Your Baby's writer Margot Bertelsmann, who won a Media24 Best Feature Excellence Award for this article last week.

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"My ex snored like a 900kW chainsaw without a silencer"

Love, marriage and sleep divorce? Parent24 readers share their experience of being a sleep divorcee.

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WATCH: How well do you know the kids' Top 40 hits?

Are you the type of parent who's constantly looking to gain “cool points” from your children? The type to keep up with the latest in music and pop culture? Reckon you’re not a “regular mom”, you're a “cool mom” (or dad)? Check out some of these parents who are just like you!


#TheJuggleIsReal! Mom and time-management coach Janice Windt shares her secrets

Feel like you don't measure up? No matter how busy you are, you're neglecting something else important? Mom and time-management coach, Janice Windt, knows the struggle of juggling family and work and shares some of her top tips with us to help you strike a balance.


Does your child survive on energy drinks during exams?

Children are getting more sugar from what they drink than eat and energy drinks have been identified as the main culprit.

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A sleep divorce is the norm for 40% of couples

You may have had a sleep divorce and not known it. But no need to panic, the jury is split on whether sleeping together is good or bad for marriages.


What is your child's love language?

The secret to happy, healthy relationships with your children? We've got you covered! It's called The 5 Love Languages of Children and here's how it can help you.


How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

What you tell your children about your impending divorce, and the way you approach the situation, should depend on their age.


Your child's toxic friends: how to spot and handle them

It's comforting to know that your children are surrounded by good friends who uplift them and are a positive force within their lives. Sadly, this is not always the case and sometimes they befriend people who are not all that good for them. Here are a few tips and pointers to help identify and rid your child of toxic friendships.


ICYMI: Unfortunate baby names, infertility mistakes and speaking gently: Parent24's top stories this week

From the worst baby names you've heard of to reasons we wrongly believe we're infertile, check out our top stories of the week!


Scaring or scarring: Does the Boogeyman really work for disciplining a child?

Invoking the threat of punishment via an otherworldly character might take playing the bad guy out of a parent's hands, but are we just creating future anxieties and fears for our children?


No, you're not imagining it, your in-laws really did become worse after you had children

A Finnish study found that once you become a parent, fighting with in-laws should be expected, and it's called the Kinship Penalty.

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The cuteness overload in these viral kids videos is the cure for a bad day

They're hard work but the things they do and say are so entertaining. We found these viral video gems of the cutest and funniest toddlers on the web to turn a crappy day around.


Why we should stop mom-shaming Kylie Jenner

If Kylie Jenner's latest interview reveals anything, it's that she only wants the very best for baby Stormi and she's doing everything she can to give her just that. So isn't it time we stop judging and shaming the mom for every parenting decision she makes?


5 alternatives to saying "no" to your children

Are you tired of constantly telling your child "no" only for them to continue being uncooperative? Give these simple tips a try!
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